News Briefs: Mystery Chemical Dump Causes Issues at Minnesota WWTP

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a judge rejects a request by former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to dismiss misdemeanor charges for his role in the Flint Water Crisis

The city of Princeton, Minnesota, is asking its residents to be more careful about what they dump down the drain after a mystery chemical caused problems at the city’s wastewater treatment plant two separate times.

“The chemical they’re dumping down is messing with our bacteria,” plant manager Chris Klinghagen told the Union Times. “So what that means is the bacteria which cleans the water isn’t necessarily cleaning the water anymore.”

The newspaper reported that plant staff has observed cloudy water and foaming bubbles, and that phosphorus and TSS levels are higher than normal.

Judge Rejects Dismissal Request from Former Michigan Governor

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s request to dismiss misdemeanor charges against him for his role in the Flint Water Crisis were rejected by a District Court judge.

Snyder’s lawyers argued that since he worked in Ingham County and not Genesee County, the indictment had been returned to the wrong place. However, the judge said that prosecutors have flexibility about where to pursue cases.

The high profile case includes charges against Snyder for failing to declare an emergency in Flint within a timely manner, and failing to check the performance of public officials under his authority.

EPA Celebrates World Water Day, Announces $2.7 Billion to Improve Water Infrastructure

On World Water Day March 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of $2.7 billion for State Revolving Funds to assist states, tribes and territories with infrastructure projects to help provide safe drinking water and protect surface waters in communities across the United States.

Additionally, EPA is announcing a new $12 million grant program to help wastewater utilities that serve small, rural and tribal communities.

“EPA is committed to partnering with states, tribes and territories to invest in infrastructure projects and protect surface waters in communities across the United States, ensuring that all Americans, especially those living in underserved communities, have access to safe and clean water and opportunities for economic growth,” says EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “On World Water Day, we are proud to help support improved water infrastructure across America through our SRF programs and technical assistance grants.”  



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